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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 23:52:01 -0400

Dear friend,

My name is Mr. Mahdi Kaamil. I am working with one of the prime banks here in Burkina Faso. I am writing you from my office that which will be of an immense benefit to both of us.

Here in this bank existed a dormant account for many years which belong to one of our late foreign customer, who unfortunately lost his life in an auto crash. The amount in this account values at $13,300,000.00 (Thirteen Million Three Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars).

I seek your consent to partner with you in this business transaction. I want a foreign account where the bank will transfer this fund. This is a genuine, risk free and legal business transaction. I guarantee you that this business will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

If you are really sure of your honesty, trustworthiness and confidentiality, reply back to me urgently. All details shall be sent to you once you indicate your interest. Contact me through my private e-mail address

Best regards,

Mahdi Kaamil

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